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2017 Highlights - Customer performance & partner milestones

December 28, 2017

By Abby Karp

1. Jim Simon from Gonzaga used basketball to reduce energy

As the Director of Sustainability for Gonzaga University, Sustainability Hero Jim Simon believes “sustainability is not about one person, it’s about creating a culture that anyone can be a part of.” He helped create such a culture at Gonzaga using the momentum of what his school loved most: Basketball. Jim’s team promoted a successful 3-week energy reduction competition (as part of Lucid’s 2017 Campus Conservation Nationals) using memes, cardboard cutouts, and swag at basketball games. The 77 participating on-campus buildings saved more than $20,000 and reduced energy consumption by 15 percent.

2. Dickinson College won Campus Conservation Nationals

During Spring 2017’s Campus Conservation Nationals, 20 schools participated in a 3-week, building-against-building competition to reduce electricity and water use. Using Lucid’s BuildingOS and Storyboards to compare performance and share strategies, participants saved more than 450,000 kWh — equivalent to averting more than 700,000 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere. Dickinson College took first place in the competition, with their 16 participating buildings averaging energy savings over 21 percent.

3. LinkedIn and McKesson shared successes and insights at IBCon

Two of Lucid's corporate clients, LinkedIn and McKesson, have been making great data management strides. Across three sessions, Victor Sanchez and David Gunter spoke about the relationship data has with energy, operations, and productivity. McKesson has identified portfolio-wide energy savings of over 7% using BuildingOS, and LinkedIn used BuildingOS to troubleshoot and maintain a building's net-zero status, reduce plug loads, and identify equipment errors.

4. Chico State named a top Green College in Princeton Review

For the seventh consecutive year, The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges named California State University, Chico one of America’s greenest campuses. More than half a dozen buildings on Chico State’s Campus certified Gold or Silver in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). For 12 years, the university has hosted the This Way to Sustainability conference, a student-run conference focusing on enhancing community and personal well-being through sustainability. Chico State centralizes their building energy data using BuildingOS, promoting direct action across campus from both students and facilities managers.

5. Integral Group won CIBSE International Project of the Year

Integral Group’s innovative design for the DPR Construction building in San Francisco — the city’s first certified Net Positive commercial building — earned it the International Project of the Year award by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The DPR building achieved Net Positive Energy Status (meaning it produced more energy than was used) every year since May 2014, strategically using BuildingOS to manage data and fine-tune energy consumption.

6. Martha Larson from Carleton College saved $35,000 in just a few months

Energy Hero Martha Larson, Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability at Carleton College, heads the school’s lofty endeavor to become a carbon-neutral campus by 2050. Martha leverages BuildingOS to discover energy usage anomalies and correct them with sustainable alternatives. Within the first few months of 2017, Martha estimates these efforts saved $35,000, which the school will re-invest into its carbon neutral initiatives.

7. McKesson featured in Realcomm Edge Magazine

Realcomm Edge Magazine, a leading publication on innovative technology for commercial and corporate real estate, featured McKesson in a cover story on technology’s impact on the industry. As one of the largest medical and pharmaceutical companies in the world, McKesson uses BuildingOS to optimize technology across their 1,200 facilities, resulting in an expected 7 percent year-over-year savings.

8. Stanford earned a STARS Platinum rating

Stanford University received a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS) Platinum rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). They are only the second higher education institution to receive this rating. The university installed solar panels in 15 different locations across campus and installed a 67-megawatt, off-campus solar generating station to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Stanford actively tracks and analyzes its energy use and conservation data to make more informed and sustainable decisions across their large, diverse campus.

9. Ruby Tavernier from American University used the heatmap application to see massive reduction in kW demand

As a member of the Energy and Engineering team at American University, Energy Hero Ruby Tavernier is working to make AU carbon neutral by 2020. Her team reviews energy data weekly and water data monthly, using BuildingOS Heat Maps to identify heating and cooling use during unoccupied hours in 5 buildings. Ruby estimates an annual savings of $17,000 in one building alone.

10. Ian Lahiff from the City of Orlando retrofitted lights in basketball arena for projected savings of $300k annually

Energy Hero Ian Lahiff, Energy Project Manager for the city of Orlando, leads a team of construction managers and controls specialists with the goal to save $2.4 million annually across 6.2 million square feet of buildings. As part of the city’s Green Works Initiatives, Lahiff and his team successfully completed a massive LED retrofit at Orlando’s Amway Center. After relamping the entire catwalk with LED lighting in just 10 days, Lahiff projects yearly savings of more than $300,000.

11. Mamaroneck High School was one of first public schools to use BuildingOS to monitor energy consumption

While many higher education institutions utilize BuildingOS to manage their sustainability efforts, New York’s Mamaroneck High School became one of the first public schools to use it. The school reports hour-by-hour energy consumption data to build “real-world” lesson plans on sustainability.

12. Anna Klovstad from Tahoe Truckee School District used data insights to save $2,000 per day

Anna Klovstad, Sustainability and Project Supervisor at Tahoe Truckee School District, received 1 million dollars to put toward improving district energy efficiency after Prop 39 passed in California. Her first action was to leverage BuildingOS to measure and centralize building energy use. Using the software, Anna learned that she could save her district $2,000 a day by turning heating systems on in the early morning, rather than at midnight.

Through Anna’s efforts and leadership, Tahoe Truckee School District ranked third in California for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awards.

13. Rob Richards from Wofford College developed ‘unoccupied’ HVAC scheduling for buildings during the summer months

Wofford College’s Energy Sustainability Manager Rob Richards uses BuildingOS Storyboards to make building occupants’ more aware of their energy use. Using the software, Richards’ team identified buildings receiving minimal (if any) use for several months. By developing an “unoccupied” HVAC scheduling framework, the team made substantial energy reductions.

Abby Karp

Abby joined Lucid’s marketing team in 2014 after conducting research on the decision-making processes of environmental behavior. Abby graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Conservation Psychology.